• Only four miles from new
• Excellent preservation bike
• Runs and drives perfectly
250 cc single-cylinder air-cooled four stroke engine with 21 HP, four-speed transmission with wet multi-disc clutch, telescopic front fork suspension and dual shock absorber rear, internal expanding front and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 52"
In the 1960s Japanese motorcycle manufacturers were taking over the U.S. market and American bike builder Harley-Davidson knew they had to do something. With beautiful motorcycles like the Honda Dream and the Suzuki T 20 taking over the market, it was a do or die moment for Harley. At the time, Harley was building what was known as the Hummer series of bikes with a single-cylinder two-stroke engine but, in 1960, Harley-Davidson bought a fifty percent stake in the Italian motorcycle builder Aermacchi and what followed was the 250 cc Sprint. The Sprint turned out to be very successful for Harley and, before production ended in 1964, it had grown into a 350 cc world class motorcycle.
The Sprint offered here is most likely the newest, old one in the world, as it has just four miles on it from new. This time capsule looks today just as it did when it rolled off the assembly line in 1966. This amazing piece of Harley’s heritage just emerged from a Midwestern collection where it was on display in a climate controlled environment for many decades. Finished in black and white, it still has a new motorcycle shine and the Harley-Davidson graphic on the tank looks new. This Sprint runs and drives as well as it looks and also features a dazzling amount of brightwork with chrome rims, chrome exhaust pipes, and a bright silver engine case. A set of rearview mirrors is perched on the handlebars and a built-in speedometer is part of the head lamp housing. A long seat easily enables a passenger to ride in comfort and this is a bike that longs to see the road, something it has done very little of with just four miles on its odometer. This motorcycle is sold with a clear certificate of title and can be considered a museum quality show piece.
The Sprint represents a unique chapter in Harley-Davidson and, with its documented four miles and pristine preservation, is a motorcycle that can sit in any fine collection and represents a special chapter in Harley-Davidson’s long and stellar history.
1966 Harley-Davidson Sprint